Happy new calendar year, Cantabbers! Thanks so much to each and every one of you who came out to celebrate the first Wednesday of 2017 with local 2017 National Poetry Slam finalist Angelica Maria. Angelica performed beautifully, bantered sweetly, and shook our emotions fiercely and unrelentingly; what a way to dust out our hearts for the year to come.
The slam was a super-fun time, with a mix of seven newcomers and veterans looking for a chance to get heard, qualify for the team, and/or walk out ten dollars richer! John Pinkham and Neiel Israel faced off in the final, with neither poet holding anything back: at the end of the night, Neiel stood supreme among the smoking ruins of the judges’ whiteboards. Both finalists are now qualified for the Team Selection Slams on January 24 and January 31.
Next week: 2018 is not fooling around, folks! Temps will return to double digits and we’ll have a doubly exciting show for you: a feature from Jelal Huyler and a chance to see RebeccaLynn defend her title in the Champion of Champions Slam. See you there!